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May 2016 Archives

How to avoid seeing your ex-spouse on your credit report

In a divorce, spouses can determine, with the help of their attorneys, how they're going to divide up their joint debt. If they can't reach an agreement, it can be determined by a judge. Joint debt generally includes mortgages, car loans and credit cards.

Encouraging your kids' affection for their other parent is key

It sounds like a simple concept that divorced parents shouldn't make their children feel guilty about expressing love and respect for their other parent or wanting to talk about the good times they have together. However, too many people do just that without even realizing it.

Dealing with a business or professional practice in a divorce

When divorcing Floridians own a business, including a medical, legal, accounting or other professional practice, there are added layers of complexity to the division of property. In addition to fighting to retain as many of your personal assets as possible, you may end up having to fight to keep the business you've worked hard to build.

Graduations can be challenging for divorced parents

One of the most difficult occasions for many divorced couples is a child's graduation from high school or college. It's a proud day for all parents, and one they may feel they played a big role in -- particularly if they foot the bill for an expensive college. However, for Florida parents who still don't get along, it also entails being around each other -- something they may have worked to avoid for many years.

Governor vetoes alimony bill due to child custody provisions

The so-called "Alimony Bill," also known as SB668, was the subject of much controversy in the Florida legislature's most recent session and among members of the public on both sides. In the end, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the most recent attempt at alimony reform by state lawmakers — not because of its impact on alimony, but because of the changes it would have made to child custody laws.

Why a postnuptial agreement may be a good idea

It's always a wise idea to have a prenuptial agreement before you get married in order to detail how assets and debts will be divided in case of a divorce. However, for spouses who didn't get a prenup before tying the knot, a postnuptial agreement is always an option.

A divorce registry -- Why not?

Most people invited their friends to give then gifts when they get married and have children. However, very few people reach out for help when they may perhaps need it most -- when they're going through a divorce. Even though divorce has lost much of the stigma it once had, many people still view it as some type of failure or something to be ashamed of.

Florida's new collaborative process law and family businesses

In March of this year, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Collaborative Law Process Act. This means that the "collaborative process" is now a recognized alternative to traditional litigation. Florida now joins 14 other states that already have such a law.

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